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Death toll rises to 19 people in Iraq’s protests

BAGHDAD, After three days of protests, the death toll from mass rallies in Iraq — against corruption and unemployment — rose to 19 on Thursday, as the leaderless protest movement spread to virtually the entire south.

The deaths bring the overall toll from three days of demonstrations to 19, including one police officer, a figure confirmed by Iraq’s Human Rights Commission.

Iraq’s prime minister has announced an indefinite curfew in Baghdad after two days of protests across the country over corruption and unemployment.

Source: Kuwait News Agency